Barry’s Thoughts and Quirks
I am starting a new blog, which for now will be found the main page of on our website www.ourhallway.com. If everyone likes it, I’ll move it to it’s own page. So here it goes……
Barry’s Thoughts and Quirks – Rio Vista and Beyond!!!
First of all we LOVE living in our newly adopted small town of Rio Vista, and are finding more of it’s beauty everyday. Rio Vista has been celebrating their 125 anniversary all year, finishing the year with a Gala Ball in December. The town is the host to the Annual Bass Fishing Tournament, Annual Christmas Boat Parade on the Sacramento River, and is famous for the 1985 visit of Humphrey the Humpback Whale, and of course is one of the main towns on Highway 12.
The town has three gas stations, two banks, three bait shops (we are on the river), nine Churches, one grocery store (Lira’s), one hardware store (Ace), one variety store (Family Dollar), three car dealers (Chevrolet/Buick, Ford, Chrysler/Dodge), one bakery, multiple sit down restaurants, a Taco Bell/KFC and yes!!!! a McD’s!!! Our little town sits about thirty minutes from the larger nearby towns which are in three totally different directions. Two of the directions take us across three bridges (there are six bridges in total) crossing three different rivers (Sacramento, San Joaquin, Mokelumne and multiple sloughs). Our travels get interesting as all but one of the bridges are drawbridges, which seem to go up only at the worst of times…..like when we are on our way an appointment.
We, like most in our town, do a lot of shopping for more than the basics outside of town. When most of you reading this post go shopping it takes maybe two songs on the radio to get to a store, well for us it takes an entire album. Fortunately, we actually talk, yes talk to each other, as foreign as that might sound to others. We get on the funniest, random subjects, and are driven to get more information so we (Sandi, as I’m usually driving) gets on the internet to find out more about the “subject of the day”.
Today, on the way home from lunch with our daughter Elise, we picked up some groceries at Safeway and puppy food at Pet’s Mart because we are rescuing an 8 week old terrier mix puppy. In the last eleven months we lost two of our beloved puppies, Scoutie and Daphney.
Daphney & Scoutie September 2017
We lost Scoutie last Thanksgiving and Daphney last month. When we lost Scoutie, Sandi started looking for a puppy to (help all of us, but especially Daphney) join our family.
Franklin January 2018
On Christmas Day 2017, we were heading to Santa Clara Valley for Christmas with our family and we got a call from a rescue shelter that they had a puppy for us. That night we met, fell in love and picked up the puppy. Sandi got to pick him, and I got to name him His name is Franklyn (yes with a ‘y”) after one of my favorite people in history Benjamin Franklin. I picked out our newest puppy (a sister for Franklyn) so Sandi is going to name her and
Harriet November 2018
so far, is settling on Harriet, for Harriet Tubman, an
amazing women in American History. Our Sister-In-Law had suggested Eleanor which I believe is for First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
In the car a conversation began about the First Ladies that served our country and the legacy they left behind. I said that Eleanor Roosevelt was, I believe, the hardest working First Lady as she assumed many of the roles of the Presidency for Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was physically unable to complete the duties of the office. That led us to talking about the other amazing First Ladies in our history, some that are easy to remember as well as their legacies like Lady Bird Johnson gave us “Head Start”, Betty Ford let us know that it was okay to say “I have a substance abuse problem” and gave us the “Betty Ford Clinic”; Barbara Bush promoted literacy, Laura Bush promoted our nations library system, Michelle Obama promoted healthier diets especially for children, and so on……then I asked what was Jackie Kennedy’s legacy as I really didn’t know.
Sandi “Binged” Jacquelyn Kennedy and found out that she was the one responsible for the White House Museum Legislation that will forever preserve the history of the White House. Shortly after moving in, Jackie started a complete renovation of the White House. Jackie had visited the White House as a young girl in 1941 and shortly before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, first Lady Mamie Eisenhower invited, the soon to be, new First Lady to the White House for a special one on one tour. I imagine that it was quite a different tour than the one in 1941. Jackie Kennedy stayed fully involved throughout the entire renovation project, and was even able to track down pieces of furniture from George Washington’s Presidential residence and many pieces of other Presidents. Most of the ground and first floor State Rooms renovations were completed before the death of President Kennedy.
Martha Washington’s China
After this conversation I REALLY wish that we could visit George W. Bush’s Presidential Library during 2018 as there was an exhibit honoring all of our First Ladies. During a visit to Philadelphia in 2008, we saw a small exhibit of some of the First Ladies gowns, White House china and a few other artifacts. Oh how I love history…….hmmmm maybe we should head east to find out more First Lady history to share.
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